Val CHA Cost Notes 5 Size 25 Length 3.17", Width 1.59", Area 5.04", Mass 3.2 ton, KB -5 50 STR 15 HTH Damage 10d6 END  10 DEX 0 OCV 3 DCV 0 18 BODY 3 11 DEF 27 2 SPD 0 Phases: 6, 12 Total Characteristics Cost: 70 Movement: Ground: 12"/24" Swimming: 0"/0" Cost Abilities and Equipment Propulsion Systems 10 1) Motorized Tracked Military Vehicle: Ground Movement +6" (12" total), 1 Continuing Fuel Charge lasting 6 Hours (+0); Only On Appropriate Terrain (-¼) -2 2) Ground Vehicle: Swimming -2" Tactical Systems 82 1) 75 mm KwK 40 L/48 Cannon: RKA 5d6, +1 Increased STUN Multiplier (+¼), Indirect (can be arced over some obstacles; +¼), 87 Charges (+¾); OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼) plus +2 with Ranged Combat; OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼) plus Penalty Skill Levels: +2 vs. Range Modifier with All Attacks; OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼),  40 2) 7.92 mm MG 34 Machine Gun: RKA 2d6+1, +1 Increased STUN Multiplier (+¼), Autofire (5 shots; +½), 3,150 Charges (+1); OIF Bulky (-1), Limited Arc Of Fire (60 degrees; Only on same horizontal level; -¾), Real Weapon (-¼) plus +2 with Ranged Combat; OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼) plus Penalty Skill Levels: +3 vs. Range Modifier with All Attacks; OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼), [3,150] 2 3) Armored Body: +1 DEF; Limited Coverage (front and sides; -¼) 3 4) Armored Front: +2 DEF; Limited Coverage (forward 60 degrees; -1) 4 5) Heavy: Knockback Resistance -2" Operation Systems 4 1) Radio: Radio Perception/Transmission (Radio Group); OIF Bulky (-1), Affected As Hearing Group As Well As Radio Group (-¼) Total Abilities & Equipment Cost: 143 Total Vehicle Cost: 213 Value Disadvantages 25 Distinctive Features: Nazi Germany Wehrmacht Tank (Not Concealable; Extreme Reaction; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses) Total Disadvantage Points: 25 Total Cost: 188/5 = 38
Description: The Panzer IV was initially conceived in 1934. The aim was to build a close-support tank with a short-barreled 75 mm cannon. In keeping with the weight limits of German bridges, it couldn't weigh more than 24 tons. The first prototype appeared in 1936. A durable and reliable vehicle, the Panzer IV was notable for having a superstructure larger than the hull, which meant it overhung the treads on the sides. This allowed for ample room for internal storage, with the first Panzer IV carrying 128 rounds for the main gun, and 2,000 rounds for the two machine guns (this model has just one in the front of the hull). The basic design of the Panzer IV worked so well, older models were constantly being overhauled and updated. The hull design, armor plating, and armament was constantly being upgraded and/or revised. The final version of the Panzer IV was the Model J, which appeared in mid-1944. All told, more than 10,500 different versions of the Panzer IV were produced from 1936 to 1945, with 7,000 of them actual tanks, while the rest were tank destroyers, flakpanzers, and the like.
Used throughout World War II, on all fronts (East, West, North Africa), the Panzer IV formed the true core of the German armored fighting force. If you're running a game set in World War II and someone cries "Panzer!" odds are it will be a IV. A highly capable vehicle, it was capable of holding its own against just about anything else out there, at least until mid-1944, when the vehicle's poorly-sloped armor and low speed made it easy prey for the heavier Allied anti-tank weapons. However, even then, the training and tactics of the German armored forces meant the IV could be a force to be reckoned with.
The Panzer IV is one of those vehicles you need to hit from the right angle if you really want to take it out in a hurry. In this case, you need to get behind it. There you only have 11 DEF to contend with, as opposed to the 12 on the sides and the 14 on the front. A Haymakered 12 DC attack should put quite a dent in the Panzer (average of 5 BODY per hit), and anyone manning a .50 HMG can really ruin the Panzer's day (the .50 was intended as an early anti-tank weapon).
A Panzer IV H is 19' 4" long, 10' 11" wide, and 8' 11" tall. It weighs 25 tons, has a top speed of around 21 mph on the road, 10 mph off, and carries a crew of four.
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